AR-News: Rikers Island (NYC) Geese Slaughter---Sample Letter
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Subj:[AGA] /Countdown To Geese Slaughter On Rikers Island
Date:6/17/2004 4:38:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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On June 25, 2004 NYC Dept. of Correction (DOC) will slaughter 200-250 Canada
geese living on Rikers Island. PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS IMMEDIATELY--EVEN IF
YOU DO NOT LIVE IN NEW YORK.
SAMPLE LETTER FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE / http://www.kinshipcircle.org
6/16/04--Countdown To Geese Slaughter On Rikers Island
SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
United Action for Animals, info at ua4a.org
additional contact information: http://www.nyc.gov/
New York Daily News / Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Geese face doom to clear LaG path, BY LISA L. COLANGELO
Letters to the editor:
voicers at edit.nydailynews.com
*DISCLAIMER: The information in these letters is verified with the original
source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the information or
for the consequences of its use.
*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee the validity of email addresses. During a
campaign, recipients may change or disable their email addresses.
**IF YOU ARE A NEW YORK RESIDENT/TAXPAYER BE SURE TO STATE THIS IN YOUR
Martin Horn, DOC Commissioner
New York City Department of Correction
60 Hudson St.
New York, NY, 10013
email: mhorn at probation.nyc.gov
online form: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildoc.html
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York, NY 10007
ph: 212-788-3000; fax: 212-788-2460
email: mbloomberg at cityhall.nyc.gov
online form: http://nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html
Dear Mr. Horn and Mayor Bloomberg:
I am shocked to learn about the NYC Department of Correction's plan to
slaughter an estimated 200-250 Canada geese living on Rikers Island on June 25,
2004. I understand USDA wildlife management specialists are under contract to net
and kill the birds, who have been disproportionately linked with aircraft
collisions at nearby LaGuardia Airport.
DOC, Port Authority and the USDA have quietly arranged the extermination
without advisement from avian experts or animal protection organizations. I
strongly oppose this plan and urge you to resolve geese conflicts in a more humane
and reliable manner.
The facts don't seem to add up. Media reports describe 500 geese, yet a DOC
official on Rikers confirms a maximum 200-250 birds. The Port Authority claims
Canada geese are an imminent threat to public safety--even though there have
only been 16 goose strikes in two decades.
Moreover, destroying geese is a quick fix that offers no enduring solution.
When a significant sector of the flock is removed, new animals migrate in or
the population rebounds due to an abundance of food and space. Will Rikers
Island become a killing field for geese who return to the area year after year?
Please pursue non-violent means to reduce flock growth. I encourage you to
review the successful use of combined methods such as egg addling, scare
devices, repellents and habitat modification in Virginia, Maryland and other states.
Coexisting peacefully with wildlife requires diligence, creativity and an
open mind. Please do not kill these majestic birds who bond in close-knit social
groups and mate for life.
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